Die Götzen-Dämmerung, 1


A revaluation of all values: this question mark, so black, so huge that it casts a shadow over the man who puts it down—such a destiny of a task compels one to run into the sun at every opportunity to shake off a heavy, all-too-heavy seriousness. Every means is proper to do this; every “case” is a case of luck. Especially, war. War has always been the great wisdom of all spirits who have become too introspective, too profound; even in a wound there is the power to heal… This little essay is a great declaration of war

Turin, September 30, 1888,
on the day when the first book
of the Transvaluation of All Values
was completed.